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Biden opening U.S.-Mexico border for fully vaccinated travelers, ending COVID restrictions

Pandemic restrictions at the Mexican and Canadian borders will be lifted in November for travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, allowing travel by tourists and separated family members who've been unable to cross since March 2020. ... Read more»

Border officials can continue to expel migrant families under COVID restrictions, court rules

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will be able to continue using Title 42 to expel migrant families from the U.S. after a three-judge panel in Washington D.C. granted a request from the Biden administration to block a lower court's decision over the CDC policy. ... Read more»

Biden ends 2 Trump programs designed to limit asylum-seekers

President Biden has ended a pair of Trump-era programs that forced asylum-seekers to remain in custody while awaiting a hearing. Advocates had pushed to halt the PACR and HARP programs, calling them among Trump's "most horrific attacks on America’s long tradition of asylum." ... Read more»

Nearly all asylum-seekers show up for court, data shows

More than a decade of data show that asylum-seekers and other migrants facing immigration hearings appear in court at least 83% of the time, with some rates as high as 96%. A new report challenges what one expert called a "pernicious myth." ... Read more»

As asylum seekers push Biden for help, fresh DHS regulations complicate system

Untangling the Trump administration's asylum restrictions may prove difficult for President-elect Joe Biden, who has to manage new DHS regulations — even as hundreds of people have waited some for nearly a year to seek protection in the United States.... Read more»

Young immigrants in New York file new challenge to protect DACA

A group of immigrants in New York have asked a federal judge to invalidate a July 28 memo that restricts DACA, and force the government to again process first-time applications, advance parole requests, and renewals under the terms of the original immigrant protection program.... Read more»

Trump administration again moves to dismantle DACA

The Trump administration moved to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which currently protects about 644,000 'Dreamers' from deportation, in a move that flouts a federal court order that required new applications to be accepted. ... Read more»

Immigration judges sue over Trump admin ban on their public speech, writing

The union representing U.S. immigration judges sued Wednesday, challenging a policy imposed by the Trump administration that blocks them from speaking or writing publicly about any topic. ... Read more»

Immigrant advocates ask DHS watchdog to protect ICE detainees from COVID-19

Advocacy groups filed an oversight complaint Thursday, arguing there is a "systemic failure" at Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protect thousands of detained migrants from coronavirus. ... Read more»

Tensions skyrocket as COVID-19 fears grip Arizona ICE detention center

An ICE detention center in Eloy is the latest facility to have a string of complaints raised by detainees as COVID-19 fills hospitals and strains the nation’s health care system.... Read more»

ICE: Detainee at La Palma facility in Eloy tests positive for COVID-19

A 45-year-old immigrant from Guatemala detained at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first coronavirus case confirmed in an Arizona immigration detention center, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ... Read more»

Gov't shutdown cancels nearly 43,000 immigration hearings, including 1K in Arizona

Nearly 43,000 immigration hearings cancelled because of the government shutdown will mean a years-long "avalanche" that will clog courts for years, a federal immigration judge said.... Read more»

Supreme Court rejects Trump administration appeal over asylum ban

The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's attempt to end-run a decision by a federal judge, and implement new rules barring asylum claims by anyone who entered the U.S. between border crossings.... Read more»

Court decisions block Trump's moves to dismantle asylum process

In a pair of decisions Wednesday, two different courts, one in San Francisco and one in Washington, D.C., ruled against the Trump administration's attempts to block people from seeking asylum in separate but important cases.... Read more»

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to implement asylum ban

Trump administration officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to OK a ban on asylum claims by people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a crossing point.... Read more»

Judge: Trump's asylum ban 'irreconcilably conflicts' with federal law

A federal judge blocked the Pres. Trump's plan to bar people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a port of entry from applying for asylum, saying the ban "irreconcilably conflicts" with federal law and the "expressed intent of Congress."... Read more»